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A personality problem affects as many as nine percent of the general public. Despite the ubiquity of personality disorders, many sufferers are unaware of their condition and do not know how to deal with it.
One or more pathological characteristics of one’s personality cause severe impairment in the life of a person who has a personality disorder. Stability and consistency are required for the features.
Learning how to deal with a personality disorder is essential to achieving your full potential. But of course, if you want more profound and holistic guidance on how to handle all facets of your illness, seeing a professional is the way to go.
Types of Personality Disorders
The DSM-5 lists ten distinct personality disorders in the new edition. People with personality disorders might benefit from a variety of coping strategies, which are tailored to the specific symptoms and treatment needs of the individual.
Clusters or groups of personality disorders can be divided into three:
Cluster A: Contains unusual, bizarre, and outlandish behavior. * A cluster A disorder includes paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal personality disorders.
Cluster B: This refers to people who display unstable and dramatic behavior. Cluster B disorders include narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
Cluster C: Personality disorders that are anxious or fearful are included in this cluster. Cluster C disorders include disorders such as avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive personality traits.
General Self Care Tips For Personality Disorders
If you want to become better, you must be actively involved in your own care. You can take the following steps:
- To deal with your BPD, develop a plan with your therapist, and, if applicable, your partner or family.
- Your appointments are important, so don’t forget about them!
- Discuss your concerns with your doctor or therapist.
- Take their advice into consideration when you’re making decisions about the way you live your life.
- Do any assignments or “homework” that are part of your psychological treatment.
- Be honest with yourself about your personality disorder. It’ll allow you to begin to comprehend your conflicts or what causes you to hurt yourself by analyzing your thoughts and feelings.
- Learn to control your feelings, impulses, and relationships. Instead of self-harming, figure out coping mechanisms.
- Don’t give up until you’ve regained control of your mental well-being and your life.
- Rely on reputable sources. On the internet, there is a lot of misinformation about BPD. If you want to learn more about BPD treatment and recovery, speak with your therapist or a psychiatrist.
- Create a safety plan in the event of an emergency.
How To Cope When Things Get Tough
There may be times in your life when it all seems too much to handle, and you experience acute anxiety. Having a crisis is a term for this.
During a medical emergency, doctors and nurses will focus on the here and now. It’s not a good idea to bring up painful memories or issues with former relationships when you’re in the middle of a crisis. Treatment with your primary treatment physician is a better time to address these concerns.
Even if you’re going through a rough patch, it’s important to stay engaged in the process of solving your difficulties. Therapists will not be able to make all of your decisions for you. They’ll solicit your input and look to you to participate in the development of a recovery strategy. Visit this page to read more about what developing a safety plan with your therapist can look like.
How To Keep Yourself Safe
Keep in mind what to do when you’re in a situation where you’re in danger, and when to call for help.
When you’re stressed out, having a safety plan can help you think more clearly. It’s important to have a plan in place when you’re feeling better, with the aid of your treatment provider. Your partner or family members can also benefit from a copy of this document.
Ask your primary health care provider to help you develop a safety plan. It should have its own part in your planning process.